Graduate Research Assistant


The Aerospace Structures and Materials Laboratory at Oklahoma State University ( recruits graduate research assistant(s) (PhD or Master in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) in aerospace structures and system design of advanced vehicles. Successful candidates will be supported through waived tuition and monthly stipend. Please contact Dr. Wei Zhao for potential funding opportunities.

The successful candidate will be responsible for (a) multiscale modeling, computational design analysis of advanced structure concepts, such as composite tow-steered stiffened laminates, additive manufacturing structures, (b) fabricating test coupon using facilities available in SDOLab, conducting tensile/compressive/shear tests and simulation/experimental data correlation (preparing ASTM test specimens, performing ASTM mechanical tests, post processing and reporting results), and (c) rapid computation of responses of interest for the advanced structures considering progressive failure analysis, plastic strain effect, temperature dependent material properties, etc.


  • Bachelor degree in Engineering Mechanics, Civil/Mechanical/Aerospace engineering or related field (required)

  • Good knowledge in semi-analytical method or/and numerical analysis, such as finite element method, meshless method, etc.,

  • Fundamentals in one of composite structures, solid mechanics, numerical optimization techniques, airplane design (optional)

  • Candidate with experiences in composite structure fabrication preferred

  • Master degree in STEM preferred

Application Materials (additional material may be required, please check the following application link):

  • Transcripts from institutions from which a completed degree has been conferred

  • Statement of personal goals and objectives

  • Two letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s abilities, interest, motivation, etc.

  • Copy of latest resume

How to apply:

  • Main application portal from the Graduate College

  • Here’s the link to MAE’s Graduate Admissions website that covers admission requirements/process/deadlines/etc

  • The main Graduate College website is


Email: wzhao(at)

Tel: +01(405)744-6446

Address: 201 General Academic Building, Stillwater, OK 74078

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